In this article we will discuss the concept of life and its underlying principle. We will be going through a step by step procedure, exploring your options and feelings. By the end of this article, you should have a fairly solid tool you at your disposal that you can immediately implement in your life to give it a more meaningful direction and find the purpose of life.
There are three steps to the process of discovering the purpose of your life:
Understanding the principle of choice
Creating your underlying principle
Aligning your life with the underlying principle
Norman Vincent Peale has this to say about the power of choice:
“The greatest power we have is the power of choice. It is an actual fact, that if you have been groping under unhappiness, you can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of anyone’s life is determined by the choices that are made.”
The decision to “choose” is the most important decision you can make. By making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind. Once the subconscious mind gets to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in your life become your goal. And, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you should not accomplish them.
Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety, but can also confuse the subconscious mind about what you want. It is important that the choices you make are made by you, in accordance with your true desires, purposes and aptitude. A lot us of let others make choices for us, or make our choices according to what we think is ‘correct’, even if that means that we go against our wishes. What is right for someone else may not be right for you, and the way to know this is by listening to what your heart says.
So to start, make a list of the things that interest you; things which you have always enjoyed, which make you feel better, which inspire you to surge ahead, no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something creative, or something artistic? Do you enjoy nature? Do you like the sea? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s lives?
What ever it is that interests you, go ahead and make a list under the following headlines:
Things you love to do:
What is it that you love in this thing and why? How you could do this for money, and make a living out of it?
Creating Your Underlying Principle:
The next step is to examine the list you just made and find out if there is any recurring theme. Maybe, it is the contribution that keeps coming up, the desire to seek or give love, or helping your parents cope with old age. Whatever it is, try to identify the central theme of the things you love to do, and try to put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your ‘Mission Statement’. It may even be a quote by a famous person, or a philosophy that has influenced you. Of course, as you grow up, this statement could evolve, but its soul will remain the same. Now, write down your Mission Statement.
Aligning your LIFE with the Underlying Principle:
The final step in this journey is to map your path to your ultimate purpose. Make the little changes in your lifestyle that would accommodate this principle in your life. LIVE this principle each and every day. It might take a few days, weeks, months, or even years to completely master this way of thinking, but you will certainly feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life. Living your life according to your mission statement will bring new purpose to each day. And eventually, you may even find this purpose carries over into your professional pursuits as well- whether that means you start a business, apply for a new job, or embody a new perspective on your current career.
Remember – “Do what you love, and money will follow”.